SOCAN presented a 2017 SOCAN Award and two No. 1 Song Awards to representatives of Kobalt Music Publishing U.K., at the SOCAN Toronto offices, on May 10, 2018 – while they were visiting our country during Canadian Music Week, to meet with various organizations with which they’re affiliated.

Kobalt was honoured with the International Award from the 2017 Montréal SOCAN Gala, for publishing “Kiss Me,” performed by Olly Murs, and co-written by SOCAN members Yannick Rastogi and Zacharie Raymond, along with Gary Derussy (SACEM), Taio Cruz (PRS), Olly Murs (PRS), Steve Robson (ASCAP), and Lindy Robbins (AMRA).

Kobalt was also recognized with a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for publishing “Bend,” performed by Ria Mae, which topped the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart on July 13, 2017. “Bend” was co-written by Ria Mae, Joel Stouffer, Adam King, and Serena Ryder, and co-published by Nettwerk Music Group Inc., and Universal Music Publishing Group Canada.

Finally, the publisher was honoured, as well, for their work with “Not Nice,” performed by PARTYNEXTDOOR, which peaked on the MuchMusic Countdown on Jan. 20, 2017. “Not Nice” is co-written by PARTYNEXTDOOR, Drake, Noah “40” Shebib, Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies, Carlo “Illangelo” Montagnese, Andrew “Dre Skull” Hershey (ASCAP), Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee (ASCAP), and Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer (BMI). The song is co-published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada, EMI Music Publishing, and Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste; Senior Account Executive, Publishers, Daryl Hamilton; and Assistant Manager, Member Accounts, Gary Laranja presented the honours. SOCAN congratulates Kobalt on these great successes!